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> Alternate Picking Workout #5, Lesson By Darius Wave
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post Sep 7 2016, 02:18 AM
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Original lesson: Alternate Picking Workout #5 by Darius Wave

Can't even count the hours I've spent practicing this :D

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post Sep 7 2016, 07:53 AM
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Hey there!
First of all, thanx for choosing my lesson. I hope you enjoyed it and you feel some improvements in your overall alternate pickign technique.

Overall impression is good. It's clear you spend hours and hours practising. From the good things I can mention your consistent right hand motion an tone of each note. Timing is descent but there are spots where you hesitate where to place the fingers and then you fall out of timing for a while. There are also a few spots where you sort of missed a note - that's how it sounds but I'm sure it's rather a "deaf note" caused by too early position shift - you actually pick the string while already taking away left hands finger to another position. I know it's hard but you need to try to hold each note as long as necessary.

The pitch thing - through most of the lesson there is a feel that guitar is just slightly above the pitch. Make sure to recheck the intonation on higher frets, always before recording. Somtimes tuning just open strings is not a best reference.

I would like you to go there and read the article when you'll be able to spend a few minutes being focused:

At some point you have problem with unwanted strings cutting through your playing - mainly in the very first part. I would suggest to add "left hand finer tips muting" to your playing habits. It makes you able to get rid of some of this noise, while releasing some responsibility from the right hand (it's being explained in the article as well). I belive it could help you top improve even more.

Again it's a really nice take with just a few minor details to fix. Well done!

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post Sep 7 2016, 08:23 PM
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Hi mate,

This is a very promising take! I think that there are some important things to improve and adjust but that you've done a lot of great work with this technique. There are basically three elements that you need to take care:

- Pitch: This is the most dramatic issue on this take, and it can be related to a guitar issue, or maybe to some extra pressure done with your left hand finger. At first, check the tuning of your guitar on higher frets, and see if you need new strings (are them too old?) or a guitar calibration.

- Cleanness: The unwanted noises appear mostly because you play a note on one string and don't mute the previous string played. This makes your playing sound dirty and unclear.

- Timing: This one is the less notorious of the three elements, but it appears here and there. I think that it can be related to the fact that you are still not completely comfortable with the current tempo.

I recommend you to take 1 of this elements at a time, and try to fix them slowly during the next days of practice. And if it's necessary, slow down the tempo.

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post Sep 12 2016, 10:32 AM
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Hi, in terms of technique you are quite proficient at your alternate picking. You seem quite comfortable with the technique but there are a few issues with synchronisation between the hands, especially during the descending and ascending 4 note patterns beginning at 0:39.

The very last picking run loses timing a bit as well, so go over this final run until you're in time with the backing.

The guys have mentioned about tuning already.

Good work!

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